Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mini-review: Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
My rating: 3 stars 


The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared. School is Jory's only escape from Caleb's tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family's farm. As Jory's friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory's mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations. They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather's plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see.

I’m normally not one to read middle grade books, but Hubbard’s book I had previously read was full with beautiful writing, and I knew that I’d want to experience something similar again, also who could resist this gorgeous cover?

Watch the Sky was a lot different to what I was expecting it to be, but the main character Jory really impressed me. He had lived a sheltered little life with his family, told to always question things, keep to himself and keep quiet about his family (his family had taken a girl who was wondering around in their garden and they hadn’t told anyone about it). So when his family finally decides that Jory should go to school instead of being home schooled I was happy as I wanted Jory to be able to experience life instead of living under the control of his step father. It did take a while for Jory to trust kids at school, his step dad had really drilled the idea of questioning everything into him, that Jory had a hard time letting people get close to him. But I adored Alice Brooks-Diaz and her attempts to bring Jory out of his shell; she really was such a sweet girl.

Watch the Sky was once again a beautifully written story from Hubbard that I was able to fly through the beautiful passages. And of course this book consisted of three characters that really made this book for me, two of them actually underwent tremendous growth and I’m glad that this other character was there to support them through it. My only complaint is there was this one character in the story who I really hated, hated because he seemed to believe he knew everything and encouraged others to believe his farfetched ideas too. Some of the things he did with no remorse too made me hate him even more. But this character aside, Watch the Sky was a beautiful read, a lot different to what I was expecting, but wonderful never the less.



13 comments:

  1. I'm unfamiliar with this author, which sounds like a shame since it seems like she writes beautifully! I'm glad you ended up enjoying this, and that the characters went through a lot of growth. Alice does sound like a sweetheart. :)

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  2. I actually haven't heard of this novel before so it's new to me - Even though, you hated one of the characters, I'm glad you still found the book to be beautiful and pleasant overall. Lovely review :<3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  3. This s the first time I hear about this book or it author as far as I remember. It's not the type of a read I usually read, but if it's beautifully written I'm up for anything. Glad you were able to enjoy it despite some issues. :)

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  4. I don't read MG either, but I want to check this one out for the lovely writing, Jasprit. Jory sounds like a lovely kid. I'm glad you enjoyed this overall!
    Lovely review!

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  5. I haven't read Kirsten Hubbard before, but this is the second flattering review of this book that I've come across, which gives me sufficient reason to try it. Added to my list :) Thank you for an informative review.

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  6. Ooh, those know-it-all characters drive me nuts! I just want to reach out and smack them upside the head!

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  7. I've been skeptical about this one because it's MG and I'm sorry to see it didn't live up to Wanderlove. Hubbard's Wanderlove is one of my all-time favorite books but I think I'll wait to see what her next YA/NA read is before diving back into her works. Thanks for the honest and helpful review, Jasprit! :)

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  8. Hmmm I can't appreciate too many MG as an adult, but I am starting to read them more and more with my six year old daughter so I will add this to my pile for her,

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  9. I've been dying for a new Hubbard book because Wanderlove is one of my favorites, but I'm just not a MG reader. :/ Hoping she'll do something YA next.
    But I'm glad you liked this one for the most part. That cover is really pretty!

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  10. I can already tell I'm going to enjoy this one. Oh but don't you hate when one character ruins the entire experience for you? ugh.

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  11. Gorgeous review Jasprit. <3 I'm so happy that you mostly loved this book :D It looks so cute! <3 The characters sounds so amazing. Sigh. But one awful character? :( Ugh. That is no fun at all. Hmph. Might read this someday :) Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

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  12. This one is new to me. From the sound of it, I think I'll like Jory. And like you, I find the cover irresistibly gorgeous too. :)

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  13. I like my dose of Middle Grade from time to time. This doesn't exactly "look" MG, but your praises have me wanting to check it out. Very nice review, Jasprit!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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